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People of Cessnock is a blog by local resident, Rebecca Murray. The project seeks to value the people of her home town by sharing their stories value and raising the profile of people living outside metropolitan areas.

Forty

You know, when I gave up my job it wasn’t because of drugs or alcohol. I just gave up everything after the hold-up. I ended up in mental health at Maitland with PTSD because I couldn’t trust people after that.

That was it.

And people … they paint me with the same brush. They all think they’re artists. They paint all the homeless with the same brush instead of changing brushes. ‘Cause it’s different stories … so, you change the brush.

Not all of us are druggies. And we do care about people who aren’t homeless. And I won’t take your money ‘cause it’s just another way of saying, “Hey, you’re desperate.” I’ll work for it but I won’t take it. I’ve had offers like that before, but I say no. People out there need it more.

There’s a lot of hidden hurt. You try not to let on cause there’s a lot of weak homeless out there and you can’t afford to show your weakness. ‘Cause if you do it’ll bring them right down and who knows what they could do. You’ve got to be strong for everyone else on the streets. Even the druggies and all that. And if you’re not strong then stay away from them cause the worst thing you can do is make them sadder than what they already feel.

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